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Allan Eckert: Criticism and Reviews

Analysis of Eckert's writing style

A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh, Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.

Additional criticism and review of Allan Eckert's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

Return to Hawk's Hill.
Review by Roger Leslie.
Booklist, June 1, 1998 v94 n19-20 p1746(1).

"Ben MacDonald, the introverted 7-year-old whose ability to communicate with animals inspired Eckert's 1972 Newbery Honor Book, Incident at Hawk's Hill, is in danger again. Narrowly escaping an attack by…"

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley.
Review by Jay Freeman.
Booklist, January 1, 1996 v92 n9-10 p780(1).

"In the middle of the eighteenth century, English colonists began drifting into the trans-Allegheny valley of the Ohio River, the first spasmodic thrust of the westward movement. They inserted themselves into a volatile milieu; Frenchmen and a seemingly endless variety of Native American tribes traded, competed, and frequently warred with one another…"

A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh.
Publishers Weekly, January 1, 1992 v239 n1 p42(1).

"Though there are many biographies of the great Shawnee chief Tecumseh (1768-1813), this effort by historical novelist Eckert (The Frontiersman) may spark new interest -- and controversy -- with its 'hidden dialogue' technique. After more than 25 years of research, the author felt free to recreate Tecumseh's conversations and thoughts in what proves to be…"

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley.
Publishers Weekly, October 9, 1995 v242 n41 p72(1).

"The Ohio River, a principal route for pioneers pushing westward along its 981-mile course from Pennsylvania through Kentucky and Indiana to Illinois, was the scene of fierce battles among warring Indian tribes -- Shawnee, Miami, Cherokee, Iroquois, etc. -- and between Native Americans and white settlers. Tapping journals, letters, diaries and government memoranda from 1768 to 1799, and fleshing out his panoramic chronicle with reconstructed dialogue adapted from primary sources, historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned…"

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